Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s start to life as a Chelsea player may not have taken the path he expected, but the striker says he is already enjoying working under Graham Potter.
Aubameyang moved from Barcelona to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day but only had the chance to play one game under his former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel before we parted company with the German.
Potter was quickly installed as our new head coach and against RB Salzburg last Wednesday, Aubameyang made his home bow on the night Potter took charge of the Blues for the first time.
‘He’s a really positive person,’ Aubameyang said of Potter.
‘He’s a great character. We will try to learn with him, and to win as soon as possible. It’s going to be easy to adapt. His ideas are very clear.
‘It’s been some strange weeks for all of us I think, not only me. That’s part of life. Everyone knows the relationship I had with Thomas. It’s sad when somebody leaves a club, but this is football. You have to adapt quickly at different moments in a season.
‘It’s a bit of sadness but hopefully better days are coming. When you play for Chelsea, you need results as soon as possible.’
Aubameyang’s whirlwind start to life in west London has been intensified by the mask he is having to wear to manage a facial injury sustained in a horrendous attack in his home towards the end of his time in Barcelona.
The Gabonese has played around an hour in his first two appearances for the Blues, and provided an update on his injury status after Wednesday’s frustrating draw.
‘I need more time,’ he said.
‘I’m not 100 per cent fit. It’s not easy to play with a mask and with an injury, but hopefully I will get 100 per cent as soon as possible.’